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3:53 AM ET, January 4, 2007

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Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
I like big charts and I cannot lie  —  I've always been a big fan of charts, tables and other ways of analyzing and visualizing data.  On my own blog I will often plot things just to get a handle on them.  Even here I've posted some analyses that I've done of the data that the Reader team has on hand.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader Tracks Personal Attention Metadata  —  Googlified says the Google RSS Reader has added a feature that shows just where your attention goes.  Reading trends displays the items you read, starred, shared in the past 30 days.  Subscription trends identifies the blogs that update the most and which blogs are inactive.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
'Web 2.0' Proves Most Popular Wikipedia Entry  —  Phrase Beats Out 'Blog' in BuzzMetrics' List of Most-Linked-to Topics  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Still not entirely sure how to explain Web 2.0 to your friends?  You weren't alone in 2006.  In a fitting marriage of context and content …
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MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER Nielsen BuzzMetrics Tries to Measure Buzz in Social Media
Discussion: cgm
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
"Web 2.0″ is Most Popular Wikipedia Entry of 2006
Discussion: Tinfinger and Quick Online Tips
Business Wire:
Ground Breaking Web Site Combines Social Networking with Stock Investment Ideas  —  TheStreet.com and A.R. Media To Create Joint Venture  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—TheStreet.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSCM), a leading provider of financial commentary, analysis , research, news and ratings today announced …
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James Altucher / TheStreet.com:
Picking Better Stocks With Stockpickr  —  Welcome to Stockpickr!  I'm very excited about this joint venture with TheStreet.com — and I hope you'll be excited about it as a tool you can use to boost your trading performance.  —  First, some quick background, and then some tips on how you can use it.
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Moral Kombat: Spencer Halpin's Documentary On Game Violence  —  Spencer Halpin has been working on Moral Kombat, a documentary on video game violence, for a long time.  He's finished the film and has posted this trailer for it on YouTube.  Spence, the brother of Entertainment Consumers …
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Kotaku and digg
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Acrobat Reader plugin vulnerable to attacks  —  Code could run malicious attack on PCs  —  Security researchers are poring over what one vendor has called a "breathtaking" weakness in the Web browser plugin for Adobe Systems Inc.'s Acrobat Reader program, used to open the popular ".pdf" file format.
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Acrobat flaw could spawn Web attacks
Discussion: IR Web Report Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Search Every Word Said on YouTube With Podzinger  —  Speech-to-text video and audio search engine Podzinger just announced this afternoon that users can now search inside YouTube videos with a tab on the front page of Podzinger.  The functionality appears to have been added in late December …
earthlink.net:
EARTHLINK'S GARRY BETTY PASSES AWAY  —  Mike Lunsford to Continue as Interim CEO  —  EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today announced that EarthLink President and CEO Garry Betty passed away on Tuesday, January 2 due to complications from cancer.  He was 49.
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CNNMoney.com:
EarthLink CEO passes away at age 49
Peter Marsh / Financial Times:
Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip  —  The list of achievements of Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory - one of the world's most prestigious centres for physics research - is about to get a little longer.  —  Responsible over the past 136 years for a stunning series of discoveries …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Scannell gets Next New post  —  Ex-Nick exec links to new Web vid net  —  Former MTV Networks and Nickelodeon exec Herb Scannell has landed at Next New Networks, a collection of video-based community Web sites that is expected to launch this year.  —  Scannell, who helped found …
Discussion: PaidContent and NewTeeVee
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Plane Crashes on a Google Map  —  For a while now, the FAA and NTSB have been recording the GPS coordinates of aviation accidents.  So it was probably just a matter of time before someone made a mashup using the data, right?  —  Wait no longer.  The folks at Aviation Marine Insurance have done just that with their AVCRASH map.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Joe / Techdirt:
So, Who Isn't Doing A MySpace Clone?  —  from the hybridization dept  —  These days it's becoming almost a joke when a company say it's going to offer social networking services.  Most of the time these attempts seem to fizzle out and go nowhere, or they're just simply dumb ideas.
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Mary Hayes Weier / TechWeb:   Toyota Adds MySpace-Like Features To Hybrid Owners' Web Site
Don Box / Don Box's Spoutlet:
Tim Bray on JSON and XML  —  Tim has an interesting post comparing JSON and XML that has me wondering about several things.  —  Here are some specific questions I have with the piece:  —  1. I don't see any reason why JSON has different streaming characteristics than XML.
Paul Mooney:
WINDOWS LIVE FOR TV  —  Welcome to the Windows Live for TV "Orbit" team blog  —  Windows Live for TV is an early beta 3D browser application that makes it easy to connect to your social network as well as friends and family from within Vista Media Center or IE7.0.
Brian / Caydel's SEO Blog:
Google is Beta-Testing Keyword-based Ad Filtering  —  About a week and a half ago, I wrote a post 'Adsense Should Allow Contextual Ad Filtering by Keyword'.  In it, I made the suggestion based upon an article posted by EGOL at SEOmoz that in order to prevent certain types of ads from showing …
Scott Guelich / Theobroma Cacao:
The Reasons for Leopard-Only Apps  —  TUAW talks about the growing swell of upcoming apps which will use Leopard APIs, and therefore, will require Leopard to run.  I'm sure some users are wondering why developers are doing this, and some developers are wondering if they should do the same.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Asterisk an under-appreciated Open Source Success Story  —  Sparked by a recent posting to Dave Farber's IP list about a Texas university dumping Cisco's VoIP solution for Asterisk, and Asterisk-maker Digium's new round of financing, I wrote to Farber's list myself, extolling O'Reilly's own switch to Asterisk.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Embattled Chief Executive Resigns at Home Depot  —  Robert L. Nardelli, the chief executive of Home Depot, who came under heavy criticism for his pay package and failure to lift the chain's stagnant stock price, has abruptly resigned, the company said today.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
What exactly does BackupHDDVD do?  Oh, and version 1.0 is released.  —  We know that AACS, the DRM shared by HD DVD and Blu-ray, is touted as being practically unbreakable and impenetrable — much like its predecessor CSS (and we all know how well that went).
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Two more executives depart Guba  —  Two more executives have left Guba, a video-sharing site grappling with declining traffic and the recent departure of its chief executive.  —  Roman Arzhintar, Guba's former general counsel and vice president of strategy, said Wednesday that he and Bart Myers …
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
 
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Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Play Halo 2, get invited to Halo 3 beta
Karl / Techdirt:
Why Shut Down Child Porn Sites When You Can Just Tell ISPs To Block Them?
Discussion: agi.it and Reuters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wiki.com - No Longer the $3 million Wikipedia Killer
Discussion: rebelutionary
International Herald Tribune:
Germany quits search engine project
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Patent suit filed against cellphone makers over Bluetooth
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
GPS navigator to include Yahoo search
Jessica Guynn / The Technology Chronicles:
The true E-Hollywood story behind Valeriewag
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
How to locate new phishing sites
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Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Vibrating vest could send alerts to soldiers
Randy Komisar / VentureBeat:
With Web 2.0, it's easy to get muddled
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Widgetbox offers free analytics for widgets
Discussion: inside analytics
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006
Discussion: digg
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Where to Catch Some Wi-Fi Waves
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The "Dumbness of Crowds"